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October 2017 is Fire Prevention Month in the City of Reno

Post Date:10/09/2017 3:16 PM
October 2017 is Fire Prevention Month in the City of Reno. The Reno Fire Department (RFD) would like to invite the media and public to help spread the word as part of the City’s effort to educate the public on the importance of fire safety.

Fire Prevention Week, October 8-14, 2017, is a national campaign presented by the National Fire Protection Association to educate our general public to establish and practice a home escape plan. This year’s theme is “Every Second Counts, Plan 2 Ways Out.”

The Reno Fire Department has extended the week to the entire month of October, with the focus on preventing tragedy through educating those at most risk. The Reno Fire Department will be focusing on elementary-aged children while conducting home escape planning assemblies and show-and-tell site visits for the entire month of October. One of those stops will be at Westergard Elementary School tomorrow, Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 1 p.m. Media is invited.
RFD will also read a Proclamation at the Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Reno City Council meeting, which starts at 9 a.m.

“In a fire, seconds count,” Reno Fire Marshal Tray Palmer said. “Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.”

The Reno Fire Department suggests that every area resident do the following:
  • Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
  • Check your smoke alarms and make sure they are working properly.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave. This may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.
In March 2012, the City of Reno lost two juveniles, a brother and sister, who were sleeping in a basement room with no window or emergency escape. The only door to the room was blocked with fire, and the two juveniles were unable to get out.

This tragedy repeats itself every year across the nation. In 2015, home fires resulted in 2,560 civilian deaths. For more information on creating a home escape, visit nfpa.org.
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